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OSP drops petition to remove judge in Cecilia Dapaah’s case

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Cecilia Dapaah

8 months ago
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The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has withdrawn a petition asking the Chief Justice to remove a Justice of the High Court, Justice Edward Twum, from all its cases including that of a former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah.

In court today (Oct 18) Justice Twum confirmed this to Victoria Barth, lawyer for Cecilia Dapaah upon request.

However, the OSP has filed a certiorari at the Supreme Court in a bid to quash the High Court’s decision which approved an expedited hearing of the seizure of the minister’s money and the freezing of her bank accounts.

He has also filed an application at the High Court to stay the proceedings until the final determination of the application at the Supreme Court.

Dr Isidore Tuffuor who represented the OSP in Court notified the Court about the latest application by the OSP.

Lawyers for the former minister are of the view that the withdrawal of the petition, coupled with the introduction of the latest applications by the OSP is an “orchestrated plan” to flee from the hearing of the OSP’s own application.

“It is important to note the clearly orchestrated plan by the applicant to delay or flee the hearing of his own application which is causing injury to the respondent and infringing upon the first respondent’s economic right,” Barth said.

But in a sharp rebuttal, Dr Tuffuor described the comments by the former minister’s lawyers as an attack on the integrity and person of the Special  Prosecutor.

Justice Twum has adjourned the matter to October 25, 2023, for the motion for a stay of proceeding to be heard.

source: Graphiconline.com